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Carnatic Symphony 2019

We are very happy to announce that Carnatic Symphony 2019 will be back again with a bang and is scheduled to be performed on the Easter Sunday, April 1, 2019 at 8 am in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana

The Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival is the largest Indian classical music festival outside of India. The year 2019 is the festival's 41st year. Cleveland festival has been a gateway for carnatic music. Over several years, what started in a humble way with a small group celebrating the Thyagaraja Aradhana, has now become one of the biggest musical event in carnatic music. The festival shall serve as an ideal treat for carnatic buffs, music students and connoisseurs of music. Today it has also been an inspiration for several other festivals in USA and around the world designated to Thyagaraja or otherwise.

The event will be part of Carnatica USA ' s initiative to support talents from North America.

This will be yet another opportunity for young children of North America to be part of this innovative.

Conceptualised and brain child of K.N.Shashikiran, this year the Carnatic Symphony will be conducted by Nirmala Rajasekhar along with the Carnatica Brothers.

Prof Leo Coach and Genevieve Gilbert will anchor the orchestra team.

Eligibility Criteria:

We are very pleased to bring this initiative to you and hope to provide a grand platform for the performance and recognition of your students. We look forward to your involvement and support.

  • No Age limit. All are welcome to participate.
  • We are looking for participants who can hold pitch correctly and sing in rhythm. All are welcome to participate.
  • Students may register for either vocal or instrumental category.
  • If a music school is registering, it is up to the local gurus to judge and choose students.
  • Participating students will be awarded a medal and a certificate.


Initially the students will be provided an online access to the songs, to be performed for the symphony and get trained through their local Gurus. There will be local rehearsals done by our core team of Gurus in cities where there are more than 10 students enrolled.

Registration for Carnatic Symphony 2019:

Registration will be opened soon

Dress Code:

Participants are required to be in traditional Indian attire.

Girls: Skirt (Pavadai) and blouse, half sarees or sarees. Colors are individual's / school's choice.

Boys: Kurta (Preferably white or half white) and Pyjama, dhoti.

Rehearsals :

To be updated

Tentative Songs List:

The songs have been carefully hand picked keeping in mind the students in the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. As we always say, it is not mandatory for the beginners to learn songs from level 2.

Song recordings will be updated soon.

S.No Songs
1 Gajavadana Gananatha - Bhajan
2 Shree Govinda geetham- Shankarabaranam
3 Raveme Maguva - Swarajathi in Anandabairavi ragam
4 Thodudaiya Cheviyan - Thevaram in Gambira Nattai ragam
5 Kunthalavarali/ Kathanakutoohalam Varnam
6 One Thirupugazh - To be decided
7 Vinathi Suno bajan - Ragam "Shankara"
8 Guruvara banthamma - Ragam Madhyamavathi
9 Brahmam Okate - Bowli by Annamacharya
10 Naan Oru Vilaiyaattu Bommaiya - Ragam Navarasa Kaanada, Papanasam Sivan
11 Brochevaarevare - Thyagaraja krithi in Sriranjani ragam
12 Vedi Padum - Bharathiyar song in Mohanam ragam
13 Rama Rama - Purandaradasa krithi in Vasantha ragam